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brooks wrote, who are these freeloaders, is it the iraq war veteran who goes to the va? is it a student getting a loan to go to college? most of the government spending are not big government lovers but republicans, senior citizens, mostly white men with high school degrees. >> reporter: in other words, they are romney supporters. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >>> and just tonight we got the first official reaction from the president to the words of mitt romney. here is a short bit of what president obama said in an appearance for tonight taped on david letterman. >> when i meet republicans, as i'm traveling around the country. they are hardworking family people who care deeply about this country. and my expectation is, if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody, not just for some. >> the president unveiling an outreach to republicans tonight on david letterman. >>> and we are debuting new numbers this evening on this presidential race. our nbc news political director chuck todd in our washington bureau with the results of our newest wave in the nbc news wall s
is american weakness. and the president's inability to lead and iraq is dissolving, our relations with israel are at a tension point. he -- i'd like to see the president of the united states speak up once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in syria. >> it sounds like you -- >> -- the essence of the american leadership in the region is very weak. i'm saying that the statement that was made about the statement that was made by the u.s. embassy was a very weak statement and an object proof of that is they withdrew that statement and changed it later on. they speak for the united states of america. >> let me play for you president obama's response to mitt romney on telemundo. >> i have observed that there's a tendency to shoot before you aim as i pointed out. and that as president, my obligation is to focus on security for our people and not having ideological arguments on a day when we are mourning the loss of outstanding, outstanding folks who have served our country very well. >> senator mccain, understanding that you do agree generally with what mitt romney said, did he miss the m
toughness in regard to al qaeda, an ending to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, and also his repivoting or rebalancing towards asia. that was the narrative he preferred. when you get through that basic set of accomplishments and then you have to ask the question are we better off than we were four years ago, and we see embassies being attacked around the world, it's hard to say yes. so whether it's president obama's fault at all or not -- and i don't really think it is, it does change the narrative. it can't be good for the president. and obviously it's tragic. you tell from yesterday's ceremony how much people admired this ambassador and the other state department employees who were killed. how sad of a day this is for the country. i don't think it was anything good for the president. >> good to talk to both of you. thanks very much. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk. >> good morning, kate and lester. good morning, everyone. the heightened sense of danger for americans abroad, a rash of bomb threats at home are being
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